Idaho is big and jam–packed with amazing mountain scenery and a natural rugged beauty.
Although it remains somewhat of a mystery, the name Idaho is believed to mean “the sun comes from the mountains”, or “gem of the mountains”. Considering Idaho has been home to virtually every known type of gemstone, this does seem rather appropriate. Local knowledge also suggests that the name may also mean “the land of many waters”, which also describes the area extremely well.
With ample mountains, rivers and lakes there is much to choose from including 20,000 acres of skiing and snowmobiling; the most adventurous white–water rafting in the USA that includes 6 day guided river trips, not to mention jet boating. For mountain bikers Idaho has trails all over the state to challenge you adrenaline junkies.
For those who just want to explore the natural scenery, then head for the parks and ranches and discover the fantastic natural beauty on foot, horseback or mountain bike. For golfers, Idaho boats a Golf Trail with four scenic loops that spread across the state.
Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in the United States is even deeper than the Grand Canyon. For spectacular scenery take time out to marvel at the Shoshone Falls, the Niagara Falls of the West. Idaho’s world famous hot springs are located in Lava Hot Spring and the Soda Springs boast to be the largest man–made geyser in the world.
Kuna is known to be Gateway City to the Birds of Prey Natural Area, home to the world’s most dense population of nesting eagles, hawks, and falcons.
As Idaho borders Canada, to the north and Pacific Ocean to the west, the winters are wetter and warmer than may normally be expected on the West Coast, with drier winters to the East meaning that there is never a bad time to visit this amazing North American State.
If you’re into road trips Idaho has 31 scenic roadways that crisscross the state with unparalleled access into Idaho’s picturesque landscapes and natures attractions.
Which ever part of this largely unspoilt state you visit, there is an amazing choice of places to visit, to stay and to experience the wide range of fantastic and fun outdoor activities and to top it off the warm, friendly and helpful welcome from Idaho’s residents, known as Idahoeans makes it a destination that needs to be on the top of your list.
So much more than the wonderful potatoes, Idaho has an outdoor adventure just waiting for you!